Maybelle Stamper: Works on Paper

Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center

June Ten SongMaybelle Stamper, June Ten Song, 1950, color lithograph. 1999.14.2.

In 1943, print curator Carl Zigrosser wrote that Maybelle Stamper was, “one of the most imaginative and technically accomplished printmakers working in America today.” Stamper’s subject matter is very personal and her paintings, prints, and drawings are sometimes aligned with Symbolist styles.

At the height of her career, Stamper withdrew from the public eye and moved to Captiva Island where she remained an active artist producing over 800 works by the end of her life, almost 600 of which were stone lithographs, many with extensive hand coloring. This exhibition, organized by the Block Museum to complement Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910–1960, presented a sample of this very talented, enigmatic artist’s life work.